Ronan Farrow had a terrifying Harry Potter take

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Ronan Farrow had some hot takes for Twitter on Sunday – specifically that we reexamine some highly hated figures in children’s literature and see if they don’t deserve a new assessment. His examples included Miss Trunchbull in Matilda and Harry Potter’s Dolores Umbridge.

To which we say…yikes.

It all started with this Sunday tweet about Miss Trunchbull from Roald Dahl’s Matilda.

Is Miss Trunchbull in Matilda misunderstood? She’s a pathbreaking Olympic athlete who seems to own her sexuality. She’s a harsh disciplinarian, but it seems like she had an unhappy life and her fate—being gaslit and driven insane—is as sadistic as anything she inflicts on others.

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You can now play Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery before the game launches officially

Jam City’s new project – Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery is nearing release, but the developers want to give fans the chance to play the game before it’s officially launched. If you don’t mind playing an unfinished game, here is your chance to take on the role of young Hogwarts student and learn how to use powerful spells.

Along with the beta program, Jam City released another video that showcases not only the game but also real-time reactions to the game from Harry Potter fans. As far as we know, Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery will be available for free, but it will come with in-app …

Check out new footage from Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery

Up for release later this year, we are starting to find out more about Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery. For some background, the game is being developed by Portkey Studios, which is a new company created for the production of new Wizarding World experiences. It will be available for both Android and iOS. Take a look at the teaser footage below:
The game looks like it will be a very extensive experience, touching on many beloved aspects of the Harry Potter franchise. Starting off, you will insert yourself into the wizarding world utilizing the …

Get your wand and check out the first trailer for the Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery game

Last month, we told you to expect the Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery game to be released for iOS and Android this coming spring. The game allows users to create their own character who gets to experience life as a Hogwarts student. A trailer for the game has been released, and you can view it by tapping on the video that appears at the top of this story (with your finger, not a wand). This is an RPG game, which means that how you fare is dependent on the choices you make. Sure enough, that echoes a comment made by Hogwarts Headmaster Professor Albus Dumbledore, which is shown at the beginning …

Pokemon GO developer Niantic to launch new Harry Potter AR game in 2018

Niantic Labs, the maker of the Pokemon GO smash hit, is expected to launch another AR (augmented reality) game for mobiles next year. The new game will benefit from another tremendously popular franchise: Harry Potter.

According to a new report from TechCrunch, a new mobile game called Harry Potter: Wizards Unite, which is co-developed by Warner Bros. Interactive’s sub-brand Portkey Games, will be launched in 2018.

Not much is known about the upcoming AR game, just that Niantic will heavily draw inspiration from Ingress, its less popular take on …

There's an easter egg when you post or comment about Harry Potter on Facebook

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Facebook certainly didn’t forget about Harry Potter’s 20th anniversary.

The social media giant quietly rolled out an easter egg in time for Jun. 26, the day J.K. Rowling first published Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone in 1997 (which Americans will of course know as Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone).

If you post or comment the name of any of the houses in Harry Potter on Facebook — that’s Slytherin, Hufflepuff, Gryffindor, or Ravenclaw — the name will be displayed in the color of the house, and out pops some magic. You can also click on the word to make the wand appear again. Read more…

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We ranked the most dateable Harry Potter characters because the world needs to know

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In honor of the 20th anniversary of the publication of the first Harry Potter book June 26th, Mashable is reminiscing about the series. Enjoy.

If you grew up with Harry Potter, there are certain things you know about yourself — like that you never got over not receiving a Hogwarts letter, that midnight book releases are the most lit parties of all, or that one should exercise caution when dating a Slytherin.

And of course, like so much fiction, Harry Potter probably ruined dating for many of us. At a surface level, I can never be with anyone who doesn’t like it (don’t @ me), but if I’m being honest, it goes deeper than that. Without further ado, Mashable presents: The top 10 ultra-specific, most dateable Harry Potter characters — complete with the book in which they are at their most desirable. Read more…

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Harry Styles slays with his surprise cover of Kanye's 'Ultralight Beam'

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Harry Styles likes The Life of Pablo, apparently.

The One Direction heartthrob-turned-solo star celebrated his first album on Saturday with an intimate London performance. Among the new material Styles let loose with was an unexpected cover: “Ultralight Beam,” off of Kanye West’s latest album.

The gospel-flavored original features West with The-Dream, Kelly Price, Kirk Franklin, and Chance the Rapper. Styles’ cover replaces the choir with the mournful wail of a reverb-heavy guitar, and it’s a perfect complement to the singer’s alt-rock flavor. Read more…

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'SNL' agrees with the internet, turns Harry Styles into a perfect Mick Jagger

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The latest “Celebrity Family Feud” on Saturday Night Live is wall to wall with epic impersonations. Cecily Strong as Liza. Kate McKinnon as Kristen Stewart. Jimmy Fallon double-dipping as two different versions of John Travolta.

But Harry Styles is the winner because SNL accepted what the internet already knew: he’s basically Mick Jagger. I mean… this might not be the most accurate picture of the Rolling Stones frontman circa 1977, but it’s funny.

Even when the camera’s not directly on Styles, he’s owning the sketch. Look at this. Just look at it. What is he doing??

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